Your Hygiene Visit
It is recommended to visit your Registered Dental Hygienist regularly. You may be advised to do so every 6 months, or more commonly every 3 months. The recommendation will be based on the amount of plaque and tarter you tend to develop, as well as the health state of your gums. During this appointment, your Hygienist will check for any potential problems with your teeth or gums, educate you on your overall oral health, and review proper brushing and flossing techniques. Routine preventative scaling will be performed to remove plaque and unwanted debris, followed by polishing, stain removal and fluoride application. She or he will occasionally probe, or asses the health of your gums.
Chronic periodontitis, gingivitis and other gum diseases require special hygiene treatment. Thanks to recent advances in laser development, our team uses techniques that speed the healing process of your laser gum therapy. Why lasers? They can disinfect gum tissue with greater accuracy by producing a beam of concentrated light. The Periowave kills the bacteria associated with periodontal disease, thereby halting the progression of the disease, allowing the healing to begin. Since the laser seals off blood vessels, the chance of future infection is minimized. The Periowave treatment is painless, non-antibiotic, quick, effective, and safe.
Cleaning Your Child’s Teeth
You should start cleaning your child’s mouth even BEFORE your child has teeth. It gets both you and your child into the habit of keeping the mouth clean, and it gives baby (or primary) teeth a clean place to come in to. The goal is to wipe ALL parts of the gums and teeth.
As your child gets older you should help them with cleaning their teeth until you are satisfied that they can do the job properly on their own. If you are attempting to brush your young child’s teeth and they want “squirm” away from you, you may want to try this technique:
- Let the child stand in front of you, facing away from you
- Tip his or her head back against your stomach. This lets you control the “squirms”. It also lets you see both the upper and lower teeth.
- Use a child size toothbrush. Brush the same way you would brush your own teeth.
- Use a TINY dab of fluoride toothpaste (about the size of a pea).
- Make sure your child spits the toothpaste out.
- Use a soft bristled toothbrush and change it every 3 – 4 months.
A child’s teeth should be brushed right before bed. If you don’t get rid of the germs (bacteria) and sugars that cause cavities, they have all night to do their dirty work. Plus when your child is asleep, he or she does not produce as much saliva. Saliva helps keep the mouth clean. So brushing at bedtime is VERY important.